ILLEGAL TRANSNATIONAL MIGRATION AND ILLICIT DRUG TRAFFICKING IN NIGERIA

Authors

  • Aondowase Targba Federal University Gusau, Zamfara State

Keywords:

Irregular, transnational migration, drug trafficking, networks, Nigeria

Abstract

The paper is mainly focused on the effects of illegal transnational migration on drug trafficking in Nigeria. This is anchored on the basis that the rate of illegal transnational migration along the Sahel and other borderlines has played a key role in fuelling drug trafficking and other criminal activities in Nigeria. The paper adopts the network migration theory to explain how irregular movements and drug trafficking are masterminded by flows and counterflow of information across international borders. The paper was based on a desk review using secondary sources. The paper found that the porous borderlines between Nigeria and other neighbouring countries make drug trafficking activities highly undetected. The paper also found that drug trafficking is facilitated by well organized criminal syndicates, which are ready to force their way through if challenged. It was also found that drug trafficking is a transnationally organized crime that is sometimes aided and compromised by the conventional security formations in Nigeria. It was also discovered that internationally organized drug trafficking has accounted for the imprisonment and deaths of many Nigerians within and outside of Nigeria. The paper recommended, among others, that there should be a joint strategy on border security between Nigeria and other neighbouring countries. There should be retraining, re-orientation and a clean-up strategy within the Nigerian security agencies to curb corruption in the security system. There should be perimeter fencing along Nigeria's land border lines with Niger Republic, Chad, Benin Republic, and Cameroon to make border policing more easily.

Author Biography

Aondowase Targba, Federal University Gusau, Zamfara State

Department of Sociology,
Federal University Gusau, PMB 1001 Gusau, Zamfara State Nigeria

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Published

2023-09-17

How to Cite

Targba, A. . (2023). ILLEGAL TRANSNATIONAL MIGRATION AND ILLICIT DRUG TRAFFICKING IN NIGERIA. Wukari International Studies Journal, 7(3), 236–249. Retrieved from https://wissjournals.com.ng/index.php/wiss/article/view/190